International Virtual Aviation Organisation

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IVAO(International Virtual Aviation Organization)
Abbreviation IVAO VZW
Motto "As Real As It Gets"
Formation December 1998
Type Non-Profit Association[1]
Purpose Provide an environment for a realistic Flight and Air Traffic Control simulation via the internet
166,000+ (24,200 active)
Eric J. Olson (2014 - Nov 2015)
Main organ
General Assembly

IVAO VZW or International Virtual Aviation Organisation VZW,[2] is a non-profit organisation that operates a global and free-of-charge online flight-simulation network.[3] Following free registration users can connect to the IVAO Network (IVAN) either as a virtual air traffic controller or as a virtual pilot and engage and interact with each other in a massively multiplayer environment utilising real-world aviation procedures, phraseology and techniques.[4]


IVAO, with more than 166,000 registered members (24,500 of which active in the last three months),[5] is one of the two largest online flight simulation networks that allow users to act either as a virtual pilot or ATC.[6] IVAO relies solely on software developed by its own staff of volunteers. Air Traffic Controllers can connect to the IVAO network using IVAO's radar client, IvAc, that emulates the interface of a modern, real-world air traffic control radar scope. Pilots can connect using their flight simulator and the built-in pilot client, IvAp. All pilots and ATC thereby interact on a dedicated, one-world server environment that tries to simulate world-wide air traffic on an "as real as it gets" basis. While the greatest part of IVAO's active membership is based on Europe, VATSIM's membership mainly focuses around North America & UK.

IVAO logs all flight and controlling hours and offers its members to obtain virtual pilot and ATC ranks by undergoing training and passing theoretical and practical exams based around real-world aviation regulations and procedures. A fully integrated VA system offers Virtual Airlines the ability to operate on the IVAO Network even with fictional airline callsigns and liveries. Events and regular gatherings are organized on a daily basis. With approximately 8000 connections per day and an average weekday peak between 600 and 900 simultaneous connections, IVAO reached its current simultaneous connection record during the annual "Crowded Skies" event on December 13, 2014, with 2,530 members flying or controlling at the same time.[7]


The first steps for setting up flight simulation in a massively-multiplayer online environment were taken with the creation of SquawkBox and ProController in the mid-1990s. These two programs were connected to FSD, a simple flight simulator multiplayer server, which allowed to evolve from a one-to-one (one ATC and one plane) environment to a many-to-many environment.

Using these programs, SATCO (now VATSIM) was the first large network to create an online air traffic simulation environment. On December 16, 1998 IVAO was founded when a group of people left SATCO to form a new network after management conflicts developed within the organization.[8] In late 2005, another management conflict, this time within the IVAO organization, led to another split. The incumbent president of IVAO continued with, while other members of management continued the organization under[9] In 2007 IVAO officially registered as a non-profit organization under Belgian law.[10]

IVAO also took part in Flight SimCon 2013, held in Hartford, Connecticut.[11]

Active Divisions[edit]

As per January 2014, IVAO has 57 active divisions of the country from all over the world

ID Country Status Registered Members Active Members
DZ  Algeria Active 757 182
AR  Argentina Active 1620 224
AW  Aruba Active 176 28
AU  Australia Active 802 91
AT  Austria Active 1567 273
BY  Belarus Active 171 30
BE  Belgium Active 2810 414
BR  Brazil Active 20423 2993
BG  Bulgaria Active (Under construction) 323 65
CA  Canada Active 1822 152
CL  Chile Active 659 89
CN  China Active (Under construction) 1854 80
CO  Colombia Active 4934 1010
CZ  Czech Republic Active 1992 276
DK  Denmark Active 240 51
DO  Dominican Republic Active 377 86
EG  Egypt Active 618 129
FI  Finland Active 618 78
FR  France Active 16895 2863
PF  French Polynesia Active 372 88
DE  Germany Active 16243 2411
GR  Greece Active 1178 221
HK  Hong Kong Active 178 84
HU  Hungary Active 1158 190
IN  India Active 412 79
ID  Indonesia Active 3615 739
IR  Iran Active 1036 212
IL  Israel Active 954 140
IT  Italy Active 10902 2147
KW  Kuwait Active 209 55
MT  Malta Active 247 49
MX  Mexico Active 3467 431
MA  Morocco Active 431 90
NL  Netherlands Active 4446 871
AN CuraçaoSint Maarten Netherlands Antilles Active 289 63
NC  New Caledonia Active 151 36
XN DenmarkFinlandNorwaySweden Nordic Region Under Construction (Multi-country Division) 1471 253
PL  Poland Active 634 104
PT  Portugal Active 1904 439
RO  Romania Active 446 80
RU  Russia Active 3411 678
SA  Saudi Arabia Active 662 150
SN  Senegal Active 188 41
SK  Slovakia Active 1013 147
SI  Slovenia Active 284 59
ZA  South Africa Active 757 96
ES  Spain Active 12926 2184
SU  Sudan Active 156 45
SE  Sweden Active 271 88
CH   Switzerland Active 1873 344
SY  Syria Active 177 85
TH  Thailand Active 1322 213
TN  Tunisia Active 471 110
TR  Turkey Active 3667 602
UA  Ukraine Active 562 86
AE  United Arab Emirates Active 225 64
GB United KingdomRepublic of Ireland United Kingdom and Ireland Active 3597 603
US  United States Active 4265 427
VE  Venezuela Active 2357 356


  1. ^ "Articles of the Association". IVAO. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ Maxime Esnau (2012). IVAO Public Relations Department. IVAO Public Relations Department. p. 100. ISBN 3-8370-5969-3. 
  3. ^ " MiVssion Statement" (Press release). IVAO Public Relations Department. November 24, 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jeff Van West (2007). Microsoft Flight Simulator X For Pilots: Real World Training. John Wiley and Sons. p. 677. ISBN 978-0-470-18331-1. 
  5. ^ " Member List". IVAO Public Relations Department. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bust stress, conquer sky – the virtual way". July 20, 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2011. the International Virtual Aviation Organisation, the biggest community of virtual flyers and air traffic controllers 
  7. ^ "IVAO – Crowded Skies". IVAO. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ Daniel Terdiman (December 16, 2006). "Into the wild blue virtual yonder". CNET Retrieved August 24, 2011. It formed in 2001 when internal politics in a precursor network, SATCO, caused a rupture that resulted in two rival networks 
  9. ^ "Why". IVAO. December 2, 2005. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ "International Virtual Aviation Organisation". Belgian National Paper. April 18, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
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